One of the many creatures you are sure to encounter in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve is the Great Blue Heron.
A Lowcountry treasure, this giant bird stands up to 39 inches high and is an illustrious predator.
Often, these magnificent birds can be seen on the banks of lagoons either fishing or warming themselves in the sun. The Great Blue Heron is a master fisherman. It uses its long, colored toes to entice fish. When prey ventures too close, the heron uses its razor-sharp beak to strike with deadly accuracy. It rarely misses its quarry. While you are bound to see a variety of other birds out on the water, the Great Blue Heron is a special treat.
The Great Blue Heron is one of the largest birds in the heron species, with a range encompassing all of North America and some of Central and South America. They mate and nest from December through March, so this time of year is the perfect opportunity to see one.
Their diet in the Sea Pines Forest Preserve consists mostly of fish.
However, they also eat eels, snakes and frogs as well. The Great Blue Herons in the preserve are indigenous to the area and live within its boundaries year-round. They are familiar with the H20 Alligator Boat and often allow patrons to get very close for an unparalleled look at local wildlife. Passengers who are fortunate enough to see the Great Blue Heron so near are not disappointed.
Great Blue Herons are an integral part of the Lowcountry’s ecosystem. Many other birds share the preserve with them, including Egrets, Storks, Night Herons, Green Herons, Ospreys, Bald Eagles and more. However, the sighting of a Great Blue Heron is sure to be an unforgettable encounter for all who experience it.
H2O Sports is a great place to spark curiosity and inspire learning in all ages, offering eco-adventure tours and live alligator exhibits. To make reservations for the Alligator and Wildlife Tour, please call (877) 290-4386. For information, visit H2OSports.com.